Brandon Rozek

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PhD Student @ RPI studying Automated Reasoning in AI and Linux Enthusiast.

Autostart Desktop Applications

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The freedesktop specification describes how to identify file types, launch applications, and other useful desktop functions. A useful spec I’ve found recently is for launching desktop applications when you log into your machine.

In my Kubuntu 20.10 system, the directory $HOME/.config/autostart can contain .desktop files that describes the applications to start on login. Drop whichever desktop file you wish to start there. In other systems it may be located under $XDG_CONFIG_DIRS/autostart.

If you want to start up a script instead, you can put the script under $HOME/.config/autostart-scripts.

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